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Everton release statement distancing themselves from Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov


Everton have released a statement in support of Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared war on the nation last week. The Toffees have suspended their sponsorship deals with USM, Megafon and Yota, effectively cutting ties with Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov.

On Wednesday, the club released a statement in response to increasing pressure to drop its association with the three Russian companies.

It read: “Everyone at Everton remains shocked and saddened by the appalling events unfolding in Ukraine. This tragic situation must end as soon as possible, and any further loss of life must be avoided.

The players, coaching staff, and everyone working at Everton is providing full support to our player Vitalii Mykolenko and his family and will continue to do so.

The club can confirm that it has suspended with immediate effect all commercial sponsorship arrangements with the Russian companies USM, Megafon and Yota.”

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Alex Turk

By Alex Turk

Alex Turk is a sports reporter for express.co.uk, specialising in football. He started his career as a freelancer and has featured for The FA, Manchester Evening News, Liverpool Echo and others. He was the lead for Sports Illustrated’s Manchester United coverage before joining express.co.uk in 2021.

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